Would You Sell A Beloved Pet For $140,000?

This is a weird story that is going to make you question your own feelings about money, family and cats. The Perceval family of Australia was selling their $2.2 million dollar home when one of the top bidders refused to buy the property unless they included their son’s pet cat, Tiffany. The family agreed to the indecent cat proposal when the buyer threw in an additional $140K for the cat at the protest of their 19 year old son. Meowving in day is going to be a little awkward.  

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The whole thing started when the buyer’s child saw the cat during a walk through and “fell in love with it.” Someone made one of those corny dad type jokes saying the cat comes with the house since she “believes the house is her property."  Instead of laughing it off, the buyer took them seriously, offering $140 thousand dollars for the cat or he wouldn’t sign the contract.

It was just like the film Indecent Proposal but instead of sleeping with some guys wife… they took a kid’s cat. OK so it was nothing like Indecent Proposal but it still gives me that creepy, icky feeling.

"We're thinking we'll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam: you choose," said the mom.

Um, yeah; icky. However feeling icky isn’t a reason not to make some money; you guys know what I’m talking about. Now some of you might be thinking “who cares, it’s just a cat.” OK, but what if it was your pet? What if it was your little Fluffy feline, or Baxter the Beagle or Max the Golden Retriever who has been by your side through thick and thin? Look down at that little fur ball sitting in your lap and try to really imagine some rich guy walking in and going “I will give you $140 thousand bucks for him!” What would you do?

Is that the house in the background worth $2.2 million? That agent is good!

You could buy a whole lot of new cats for $140 thousand dollars. For that matter you could purchase a pretty decent home in some parts of the country- five homes if you live in Detroit.

This is the type of hypothetical offer people love to sit around and ask; “How much money would it take for you to have sex with your mom?” “How much money would it take for you to kill a man?” “How much money would it take for you to sell one of your kids?”

For his part the real estate agent gave, what I believe is referred to in the real estate business as “zero fucks” about the cat.  He said; “The buyer wouldn't sign the contract unless he got the cat, so as far as I'm concerned, he can have the cat.”

The family plans on adopting a new cat when they move into their new house to add to their collection of two dogs, two rabbits and fish. Although those animals shouldn’t get too comfortable if the family decides to move again. The family has been ridiculed online for the decision, but what do you think? Did the family get a sweet deal or is this guy the Jigsaw of home real estate?

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